Government

Tension builds between McCrory and fellow Republicans

July 27, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Gov. Pat McCrory's opposition to a Senate proposal that would shift sales tax revenue from urban counties to rural ones highlights the growing divide between the former Charlotte mayor and Senate Republicans, specifically those from less populous counties, including Sens. Tom Apodaca (R-Henderson County) and Harry Brown (R-Onslow).
Related: Fellow Republicans test Gov. Pat McCrory

NC Supreme Court rules in favor of school vouchers

July 24, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

By a 4-3 vote that was split along party lines, the North Carolina Supreme Court ruled Thursday to uphold a school voucher program that provides low-income families up to $4,200 a year to send their children to private schools.

NC legislators attend California conference

July 23, 2015

(WRAL.com)

Nine Republican members of the N.C. House of Representatives, including Speaker Tim Moore, are in San Diego this week attending an annual conference of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a conservative nonprofit organization.

McCrory threatens veto of sales-tax proposal

July 22, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

A spokesman for Gov. Pat McCrory said the governor would veto a budget proposal that includes a plan to redistribute sales tax revenue to counties based on population rather than where goods were purchased. Sen Harry Brown, a Republican from Onslow County who proposed the plan, said McCrory is favoring big cities over rural areas.

 

NC House bill would make it harder to remove Civil War monuments

July 21, 2015

(The Fayetteville Observer)

The N.C. House passed a bill Monday that will place strict limits on when state-owned monuments can be removed or relocated.

Clinton, Bush top fundraisers in NC

July 20, 2015

(WRAL.com)

North Carolina political donors have given the most money to Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Jeb Bush, according to a new report that tracked donations to presidential candidates from Jan. 1-June 30, 2015. The report tracks money given through traditional fundraising and doesn't include PACs and nonprofits.

McCrory holds closed-door sessions with House, Senate caucuses

July 17, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Gov. Pat McCrory met separately with members of the N.C. House and Senate in closed-door sessions on Thursday to discuss the state budget and his $2.8 million bond proposal.
Also: Uncertainty hangs over programs as state budget is delayed, Greater Wilmington Business Journal

Foley resigns from state elections board

July 16, 2015

(WRAL.com)

Paul Foley resigned from the State Board of Elections after it was disclosed that he pressured staffers for details in an investigation involving one of his law firm's clients, video sweepstakes executive Chase Burns. Gov. Pat McCrory had asked Foley to resign; he stepped down early Thursday after initially refusing to do so.

Senate sales tax proposal divides NC lawmakers

July 15, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

Critics say a Senate plan to redistribute sales tax revenue could hurt midsize and small communities adjacent to larger metro areas. Mecklenburg County officials have said the plan could cost it more than $200 million in revenue over four years.

Elections-law trial begins

July 14, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

NAACP leader William Barber was among seven witnesses who testified in Winston-Salem Monday during the opening day of a federal trial challenging 2013 changes to the state's elections law. The NAACP, the U.S. Justice Department and other groups say the changes discriminate against minority and young voters.